Knitting for Olive KarlJohan Collar knitting pattern

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The Karl Johan Collar by Knitting for Olive printed knitting pattern leaflet.


The Karl Johan Collar is a quintessential Scandinavian cold weather accessory, named after the brown-capped Karl Johan mushrooms (Boletus edulis) that pop up from the mossy floors of the pine forests of Scandinavia at the beginning of the cold season. On an autumn or winter day, just grab your collar, tuck it in inside your coat, and you get that cozy and snuggly extra layer of warmth around your neck and upper torso.

The Karl Johan Collar is worked seamlessly with two strands held together (one strand of Merino and one strand of Soft Silk Mohair). It begins in the round with the ribbed folded-over neck, and work continues in stockinette stitch, with modified contiguous saddle shoulders and short-row shaping construction. Shoulders are then bound off, and front and back panels are worked separately back and forth to size.


Sizes: One size
Finished measurementsLength from shoulder to edge: approx. 30 cm [12"]; width: approx. 30 cm [12"]; ribbed neck length: approx. 18 cm [7"]
Yarn1 strand of Knitting for Olive Merino 250 m [273 yd] per 50 g [1.8 oz], fingering weight yarn, 2 balls; 1 strand of Knitting for Olive Soft Silk Mohair (70% mohair, 30% silk; 225 m [246 yd] per 25 g [0.9 oz]), lace-weight yarn, 2 balls
Sample is in Merino, Dusty Moose colorway, and Soft Silk Mohair, Dusty Moose colorway

Needles: 4 mm / US6 circular needle in cable length 40 cm [16"] and 3 mm / US2.5 double-pointed needles, or size to obtain gauge
Gauge: 21 sts and 30 rows = 10 cm [4"] in stockinette stitch with 4 mm / US6 needles


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